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INFLUENCE OF EARLY MARRIAGE ON FEMALE ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE IN NIGERIA: A CASE STUDY OF ENUGU EAST LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF ENUGU STATE

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ABSTRACT

The study examined the effects of early marriage on the academic achievements of married female students in Nigerian Universities. More specifically, the study sought to assess the educational and non-educational effects of early marriage on the academic achievements of married female students The purposive sampling technique was used to select 250 female married students in Enugu East Local Government Area of Enugu State. 183 respondents duly participated in the survey. A well- developed questionnaire was designed to elicit information from the respondents. The data collected were subjected to the quantitative techniques of descriptive statistics and the chi-squared was employed to test the hypotheses at .05 significance level Results from the study indicated that the prinicipal reason for early marriage in Nigeria is poverty. Also, it was found that early marriage has significant educational & non-educational impact on d academic achievement of the respondents. Based on this, the study advised that strong legislative mechanism should be instituted to eradicate occurrence of early marriage in Nigeria.


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